Unless you are an athlete at Northwest, it is unlikely that you are going to go far with this school. Almost nearly all of the school's funding goes towards either athletic, band, or theatre programs, and the rest such as art and debate are completely ignored. Sports outdo athletics here without a doubt, although Northwest academics can be excellent. Despite its poor extracurricular lineup yet quite qualified and excellent teachers and staff, the teachers at Northwest can be quite diverse. If you take AP classes, you're bound to discover some of the most skilled and devoted teachers you'll ever encounter. Overall, this school can be what you make of it.
My daughter has just completed her first year at NHS, after transferring from other states. It has taken some getting use to: the school really holds the kids responsible for their grades and actions. What a novel concept. (Anything below a 70% is Failing.) I have no doubt that she will be properly prepared to enter college, after attending this school. Challenging courses are offered, and most of the instructors really care about how your son or daughter is doing. If you take the proper steps, problems with teachers can be avoided. Personality conflicts occur at every school. NW is currently using a block schedule- 4 classes for 'A' day and 4 for 'B' day. There has been some talk about this changing. Athletics- it's a Texas thing y'all. They support their teams. Better than the alternative, trust me! Above all it's the grades that count. Low grades= no playing
I have a student that has been to NW for 4 years. The teachers, staff, and administration have challenged my student and have been fair. I am a teacher in a different school district, and to address the complaints that were posted: 1)Athletics in 95% of public school districts always gets the most attention. My student is not in athletics, but this has not hindered his ability to get an education worrying about the athletic program. 2)Bravo to administration who support their staff! I wish that people who complain about teachers and administration would be a substitute for at least 2 weeks beginning in October. Granted there are mistakes that happen and not every teacher is perfect; however, to give a poor rating to a school because of one or two teachers that has a population of over 2000 students is uncalled for.
They are trying to run the school more like a correctional institution than a school.
i think that nhs is an amazing school. parents may think that their kids have it bad bc they get in trouble a lot, but they dont. i transfered and now i wish i hadent. things are monitered at northwest far better than they are here and for all you parents who are saying 'y did they build the stadium?' that money was donated to build a new stadium!
as a student who as been at Northwest for 3 years now i feel that we have no communication with principle or counslors unless we have gotten in trouble. although there are many great teaches i can name a handfull that were horrible and i didnt learn a thing from and it seems that athletes get special attention im not really complaining cuz im an athlete but its not a good enough excuse for the school to be able to seperate us into groups
NHS is run more like a prison camp than a school. Teachers that actually care about the students are the minority at NHS, not the majority. The faculty's job is to protect the teacher, period. They do not care what the parents think, nor do they even want to hear it. The teacher is always right in this school. If a parent tries to stand up for their child, they are accused of 'enabling' them.
This school is poorly ran, No one answers the phone, they never return calls. Teachers are not attentive to their students, Concerns of parents are not valued. If a question is asked no one seems to have an answer, After school at the west entrance parking the students drive extemely reckless around the parking lot and even though Two patrol cars are located at the school they can't seem to patrol that lot. The students there are unwelcoming to new students. The only thing they they seem to care about is there 'stadium' But I'd like to know why that expensive stadium was built and the elementary children are in portables?
Northwest is an excellent high school with outstanding academics as well as extra-cirricular activites. The staff is highly professional and well qualified. It is a large school but highly recommended for outgoing students!
Hi, I visited NwHS in 2004 as a visitor student. I was blown away by the facilities available at Northwest High. I found the building to be of modern design and beautiful condition. The teachers were all incredibly friendly and helpful, and all the staff and students accepted me into their school with open arms. I learnt alot about myself during my visit to your School, and would recommend the school to any parent who is considering a school for there children. I would like to thank you for the oppertunity, and also my cousins for taking me. Thank you, Quinton de Villiers (South Africa)
I'm currently a student at Northwest High School. Though there are a lot of students, it still seems to run well. I love our principal. He does everything he can to make sure we get the best. The teachers are dedicated. We have a great facility (coffee shop by the library!). I don't like high school (I'm one of those lazy teens), but Northwest is the best that I could be going to. It really is awesome.
Due to the size of the school, the kids and some teachers pass through the school somewhat unnoticed and anonymous. Therefore, it is difficult to see the student who is struggling or the teacher who is not competent or enthusiastic. Parental involvement is largely limited to sports. Which I suspect is the 'norm' rather than the exception in Texas schools. I would have liked more academic advisor participation/ communication.
Northwest is a great high school with excellent rating. The catalog of classes (particularly electives) is extensive some of which come with certification in a particular field. The principals and counseling staff are caring and dedicated and willing to go the extra mile for every childs success.
I attended NHS in the fall of 2004 as a foreign exchange student. I was blown away by the facilities available at Northwest. I found the building to be of modern design and in immaculate condition. The staff were all incredibly friendly and helpful, and the students accepted me into their school with open arms. NHS has a vibrant student body including teenagers from many ethnic backgrounds, as well as a huge number of foreign exchange students fro countries as diverse as Peru and Uzbekestan. I was allowed to study my preferred courses, and found the selection of classes on offer fantastic (if a little daunting at first). I learnt many lessons about myself at Northwest High School, and would recommend the school to any perspective parents.
This school is terrible in the Pre AP/ AP program and the way they design their courses in preparation and the only reason this school got Blue Ribbion was its building.
This school is wonderful! The teachers are great! And if anyone thinks that the teachers are not being held accountable for their actions they are wrong. This is the best high school! I am not a parent by the way I am a student
There needs to be some accountability for the teachers. The teachers need to be held to a minimum of the same standards as the students. In some ways the teacher should be held to higher standards as they are suppose to set an example.
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